U.S. Drought Monitor Update for December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

The December 4 U.S. Drought Monitor value of 62.4% in moderate to exceptional drought is an increase from the value of 60.2% a month ago (October 30 U.S. Drought Monitor).

According to the Palmer Drought Index, which goes back to the beginning of the 20th century, 59.5% of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate to extreme drought on November 30, an increase of about 7% compared to the end of October.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update and a current summary of conditions are available at www.drought.gov.  

In addition to Drought.gov, you can find further information on the current drought at The National Drought Mitigation Center.

The most recent U.S. Drought Outlook is available from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agriculture Outlook Board provides information about the drought’s influence on crops and livestock.